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What You Should Know More About West Bengal

  • Travel advice:

    • West Bengal is a place crowded with tourists and hence, you should book your stay and travel facilities in advance.

    • The number of people scamming tourists is comparatively high in West Bengal and hence, you should refrain from speaking to strangers.

    • While touring in the mountainous regions, you should take care of not going on trek routes, which are not specified as you might have chances to get lost.

    • Carry all types of weather clothes as at every destination, the weather might change drastically.

    • Book your tour packages from authorized tourist agencies and pay only after you attain a receipt for it.

  • Drinking laws

    The legal age to consume all types of alcoholic drinks in the state of West Bengal is 21 years.


  • Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford To Miss?

    Darjeeling

    Darjeeling is one of the most famous holiday destinations not only in West Bengal, but in India. The place nestles in snow-clad mountains against the backdrop of the stunning Himalayas, making it a heaven of earth. The land is colorful with green tea plantations, red and white flowers blooming all over, birds singing around while you have the scenic views in front of your eyes.


    Siliguri

    Siliguri is another picturesque destination that gives the tourists a spectacular views of the Himalayas. It is famous for production of tea and timber and while you stroll among the tea gardens smelling the mellow fragrance of fresh tea against the backdrop of snow-clad mountains and thick forests on the foothills, you will experience some of the best times of your life.


    Hooghly

    Hooghly is a very interesting place and it has many reasons for it. Considered as a sacred place because Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Sarada Devi stayed here for many reasons. This place is also of historic significance as it bears influence of the French, Dutch and Portuguese. The Chandannagar Museum and Srirampore are two main tourist destinations of this place.


    Kalimpong

    Kalimpong is a hill station located in the lower Himalayas, at an altitude of 1250 meter. This place offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and if you want to get away from the overcrowded tourists destinations, this place is a must visit for you, It is also famous for the traditional handicrafts and beautiful flower sanctuaries.


    Cooch Behar

    Cooch Behar is located in the north-eastern part of West Bengal and is famous for the rich influences from the Mughal Era. It has got many beautiful ancient monuments and is also famous for the huge water body it houses. Some of the most important sight-seeing destinations here are the Cooch Behar Palace, Chilapara Forest Range and Rasik Bil.


    Barrackpore

    Barrackpore is a land which is packed with natural beauty as well as of high historical importance too. This place has a lot of influence of history from the pre-independence era because it was a place of origin to a lot of freedom fights. The places to visit here are Mangal Pandey Park, Gandhi Museum and Jawaharkunja Garden.


    Sundarbans National Park

    The Sundarban National Park is a Tiger Reserve and Biosphere Reserve in West Bengal. It is a part of the Ganges Delta and adjacent to the Sundarban Reserve in Bangladesh. It is a home to the Royal Bengal tigers who rule the Mangrove forests and also houses some of the most exotic species of birds, reptiles and invertebrates.


    Kolkata

    Last but not the least, Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal is known as the happiest city in India. With many British Raj Buildings and heritage constructions, this place has a lot to offer. The best time to visit Kolkata is during Durga Puja, and the must-see places are Victoria Memorial, Park Street and the street culture of Kolkata in general.


  • What you will like here?

    Art and Culture

    West Bengal is a place rich in art and culture. Every city has some different art forms and traditions to reflect and the array of unique and different forms of art, culture, folk-lore and traditions will take you in a magical land.


    Sea-food Delicacies

    West Bengal is famous for sea-food delicacies all over India. There are many restaurants in Kolkata, especially on the park street, where you can enjoy delicious fish and other sea-food delicacies cooked with authentic perfection. The street food and sweets of West Bengal, especially in Kolkata is also worth relishing.


    Shopping

    You will get shopping options silk sarees, block print fabric, Bengali Sweets, local handicrafts and jewelry in Bengal. There are many famous shops which offer these things specially, and you can satisfy the shopaholic inside you with these things to buy.


    Co-existence of cultures

    While some of the places in West Bengal are developed and urbanized cities, the other part is rural and laid-back. Every place here has a different culture and yet, these exist with co-operation and harmony with one other. This plethora of different cultures will really impress you.


    Natural beauty

    With the Himalayas on one side and the Bay of Bengal on the other side, West Bengal is nothing less than a paradise when it comes to natural beauty. You will witness snow-clad mountains and beaches in the same state, which is nothing less than a wonder.


  • Recommended Reads For The Destination

    Website

    West Bengal Tourism

    Forum

    Trip Advisor Travel Forum


    Books

    West Bengal: Map Book


Traveller Tales from West Bengal

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Ajit Khan

29 March 2016

Dzongri Goechala Trek in Sikkim is one of the best treks in the town. It had been a great trek. I had a lovely time there. It was awesome. I loved it totally. One should definitely try this to know how it had been. It was definitely a nice and fun trek.

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Apsara Mahajan

16 October 2015

Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.

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Vinay Trivedi

17 November 2013

The trek might sound easy, but it is really not for the amateur trekkers. Guys, make sure you know enough about the Himalayan terrains and all the quotients related to height. Also, the vendor you go along for the Goecha La trek also matters a lot. If you can, try to book with Thrillophilia or directly with their app. For our group, we booked it only 15 days prior the trek, but while we went to Bagdogra, we found everything on place and properly arranged. All the best for the new aspirants of Goechala trek.

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Dayaanidhi Devar

03 June 2015

Trekking through the entire Goechala trek route was not so easy...but then that was the real fun of trekking. Every single move on the trek got us closer to the charm of the snow-capped peaks. The evergreen forest and the colourful views were also unbelievable. Had awesome moments with the crew members. Good going guys.

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Bala Khatri

16 September 2013

Awesome experience.my dream came true after this amazing trekking expedition. I must tell you the entire area so calm, it was nice waking up in the morning and heading towards the mountains.

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diwakar Prajapati

18 November 2014

This was an expedition we went for when me and a few of my friends were visiting Sikkim. This trek not only taught us about ourselves but also brought all of us a lot closer together. I highly recommend to go for this trek if you are on a holiday with friends. But one needs to consult a physician before going on this trek since it can get challenging after a point of time.

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Mukul Ahluwalia

25 December 2015

This was a trek that we enjoyed to the maximum with all our adventure buddies this spring!!! It was tiring but worth it. Sikkim is really a beautiful place. It is quite different from the places I have been to. The trek was a good experience. It was a long vacation and I enjoyed every part of it.

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Ekadant Pilla

19 August 2013

Awesome place, fresh air,and half covered snowy mountains, that looks damn beautiful. Loved the views and place, even the people i met there were very nice to us. we were a group of six people and everyone had some great memories of the trek.

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Satyen Naik

15 December 2014

After this trek, I realized why everyone recommended me for Darjeeling and Sikkim. Truly a paradise and this trek reveals more about these places.

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